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6 Year Old Suddenly Wetting Bed

My 6 year old daughter has wet the bed the past 3 nights. She goes to the bathroom before she goes to bed. This has not been an issue in the past. We are a normal family and nothing out of the ordinary has happened to make her upset. I am concerned there could be a medical problem. Has anyone else experienced this and what did you do?

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Wow! Thank you all to the caring moms with great insight! She does not have an infection, which is good! I guess it could have been one of the other things mentioned by all of you such as a growth spurt, sleeping too deep or change in weather! She has not had an accident since those 3 nights. I appreciate all the kind words!

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My daughter was in kindegarden and she started wetting the bed every night, so we took her to the doctor nothing was wrong. We found out she was having problems at school. We ended up taking her out of that school, and she stopped wetting the bed. She was scared of the principle she was in a Catholic school. The principle would come in and scare the kids.

change in diet, too much sugar, new "frequently" used food can all be the cause of bed wetting. Sugar, the most common.
It works in children like alcohol works in adults. Sugar effects their central nervous system ( much like a drunk can't walk in a straight line because their muscles are weak and out of control) OR if a new food has been brought in, perhaps a chemical is in it. ( like they just started drinking a diet soda) this could also be the cause.

It's time to play FBI!

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Check for UTI and make sure things at school are okay and that there isn't something going on.

I have the same problem. My son NEVER wet the bed. Then suddenly when he turned 7 he started doing it. His pediatrician said it's nothing to worry about, it happens to a lot of kids and it's very common. He's doing better now, but he still has accidents sometimes. His pediatrician said he will grow out of it.

Take her to her doctor and rule out a urinary tract infection.

change in diet, too much sugar, new "frequently" used food can all be the cause of bed wetting. Sugar, the most common.
It works in children like alcohol works in adults. Sugar effects their central nervous system ( much like a drunk can't walk in a straight line because their muscles are weak and out of control) OR if a new food has been brought in, perhaps a chemical is in it. ( like they just started drinking a diet soda) this could also be the cause.

It's time to play FBI!

My daughter was in kindegarden and she started wetting the bed every night, so we took her to the doctor nothing was wrong. We found out she was having problems at school. We ended up taking her out of that school, and she stopped wetting the bed. She was scared of the principle she was in a Catholic school. The principle would come in and scare the kids.

anything happenign at school? or yes always rule out medical first
good luck
J.

I too am a mother of a 6 yr old infact 6 year old twins I also have 2 older children. Anyways not to scare you but my 6 yr old boy, was having issues with wetting the bed also. We limited his drinking before bed time and even made sure he went to the bathroom before bed, but he still did wet. We decided to take him to the dr. to see if maybe there was a bladder problem or something like that it ended up being type 1 diabetes. We was not expecting anything like that. I would defenelly take her to be check.

I've worked as an RN for urology for 7 years. She may have a urinary tract infection. Rule this out first. Take her into the ped. to have her urine tested. Sometimes a sudden bedwetting probably could be the result of a UTI that needs to be treated.

I don't think that 3 nights qualify for a dr. visit. Get the child up a couple of hours after having fallen asleep (when you're ready for bed) and put her on the potty. If she's wetting the bed she surely has had too much to drink at nihttime.

How tall is your daughter? my daughter had this problem and it ended up being that she was growing faster than her insides. Bladder was too small. it corrected it self after a couple years. You could try stopping all liquids at least an hour 1/2 before bedtime. you may have to wake her in the middle of the night. i'm sure she is just as embarrased about wetting the bed as you are.

My daughter had the same probleme and it turned out she had a urinary tract infection. Easy to treat with antibiotics.

Hi, have a son who is now eight and he too started wetting the bed and during the day but, had no prior wetting. After two doctors we found out that he has absence seizures (where they stare). I'm not saying that is what is wrong with your daughter but it wouldn't hurt to question the pediatrician. Does she also do it during the day? Is she having bad dreams? When mine is under anxiety he would have more accidents.

K.

Could be a bladder infection. Is there a strong odor or any change in color in her urine. These are both signs of a possible bladder infection. Need to go frequently or any lower abdominal pains can also be signs of this. During the day does she seem to be using the bathroom more than usually and when she does does she just go an little. If the bladder is inflamed it can prevent her from emptying her bladder.

Hope this helps.

Hello L.,
I was a nanny before I became a mom. The little boy I nannied for was 7 at the time and he started to wet the bed. His mom kept taking him to the doctor and they said it was nothing and he'll grow out of it. After about a year he was still doing it. She was very aggervated. She took him back to the doctor and had them do a complete blood lab on him. It came back that he had diabetes. Turns out that wetting the bed is one of the symptoms. Also drinking a lot. I dont want to worry you but just wanted to inform you! Hope it all works out.
W.

Hi L.,
I am a mom with a type 1 diabetic 8 year. It has been 1 year ago on April 2,2007. My daughter started wetting the bed.
plus she was always hungry. she could of eat Hugh meal and
half hour later was starving. plus i notice she went to the bathroom alot. like she hasn't gone at all that day. drank lots of water, mood swings, blur vision, sweats, ect.. you name the symptom she had it. I took her because i went on line and saw she had the symptoms. plus her teacher and my mother said to me a lot. Hannah isn't her self. Red flag. Well it turned out Hannah Has Type 1 diabetes.

I would take her in. have them to a urine test. you will know
in 5 min if it is diabetes or not. plus diabetes is very serious. If on treated it could lead to death.
I don't want to scare you. but its better to go and rule it out.
diabetes is on the rise. Hannah doctor couldn't believe
how many children are coming down with this.
I hope and wish you the best. you can always contact me if
it comes out that it is. I will keep you and your in my prayers that it isn't serious.
L. R

I was fully potty trained at the age of 3 and never started wetting the bed again until I was 6 and it didn't cure until I was 11. If only my mom had put two and two together earlier. The first night I wet the bed I'd witnessed something terrible and from that night forward the stress of it all had that affect on my nervous system. I would talk to your daughter if her issue continues in case something she has seen or is experiencing she is not telling you. My issue was certainly a nervous disorder. That's not to say your daughter has the same issue, my son occasionally wets the bed.

Best Wishes

Went through this with my last child - I feel it was an expression of anxiety. Never went to the doctor for it. Having three kids - you become your own doctor by the last one!
I can tell you a few things:
Never belittle your child for it - have her strip her bed and put them in the washer (that's it)
You can tell her that you know she can't help it and maybe the two of you can talk about soemthing that is maybe scaring her or making her nervous. Any changes in school teachers - activities - friends - fighting Mommy & Daddy ...etc...
My son eventually grew out of it - around 9 yrs old.
I felt it was from our divorce situation
With holding fluids before bed is really necessary - it will give her more success!
Good Luck and don't draw too much attention to it! Just keep showing your daughter how much she is cared for and have her take charge of her wet sheets ...this way she has some control with helping a situation she may feel out of control with. DO NOT USE A REWARD SYSTEM...SHE IS NOT AWAKE AND MINDFUL WHEN IT HAPPENS...THEREFORE YOU WOULD ONLY SET HER UP FOR FAILURE.
PEACE : )

When that happened with one of my daughter's, I realized that she had a urinary tract infection.
T.

L.,

Bedwetting could be a sign of protein deficiency if she makes sure that she goes before bedtime. Try giving her a protein drink supplement from a health food store...do not buy the kinds at Wal-mart or Target. They are loaded with sugars and GMO's. Google Bedwetting and see if you can find other causes of it.

yes, limit drinks an hour before bed and/or wake her up for a potty break before you go to bed. It usually does not affect sleep becasue they are so exhausted and really don't remember.

FMLD

I would look at the symptoms of type 1 diabetes. The best website is www.jdrf.org. Look at the newly diagnosed section and refer to symptoms. Then talk to your doctor. My son is a type 1 diabetic and he had excessive thirst and excessive urination. Good luck to you.

Hi, I am a mom of three, ages 14, 9, and 3. My oldest did the same thing at age six. Turned out he was having some problems at school with a child bullying him. Once we resolved the school situation the bed wetting stopped.

you should go to the dr to make sure there is no UTI or anything. But, this can happen when a child is constipated as well.

Stop using bubble bath -- it could be causing irritation and/or UTI (urinary tract infection). They don't necessarily get a fever or any other symptoms. Apparently, the intense soap kills even the beneficial flora/bacteria that keeps the UT in good health.

Nix the bubble bath. Then, Take her to pediatrician, have her pee in a cup and they'll test it and know in a few minutes.

Just another thought - in our experience, when our kids were having a brain spurt in some area (learning new skills, maybe learning to read in 1st grade?) sometimes they temporarily regressed in another area (wetting bed, for example). I've read this is common starting in toddler years.

Possibly a urinary tract infection or some other abdominal pain. Growth spurt, maybe. Something going on at school, not understanding new material, someone on the playground is bullying her, or someone just told her that "your no longer my best friend" or similar. Saw something bad on the news. Something has happened that she is not talking about. There are a few ideas to look at.

I haven't experiened this, but wanted to offer a suggestion of the following homeopathic remedy used to treat bedwetting in kids. If it persists, you can see a professional homeopathic Dr. It can be treated w/ a simple (Safe, no side effects) remedy and nothing else will need to be done. It triggers the body to heal its own imbalance. It's amazing what homeopathy can do. YOu can find this at health food stores like Whole Foods, Fruitful Yield, and sometimes at CVS, Walgreens or Dominicks and Jewel in the natural foods section.
http://hylands.com/products/bedwetting.php

If you want to read some more about hoempathy, you can read my Homeopath's website, Dr. Josephine Polich in Naperville. Some stories are on the testimonials pages and the newsletters are wonderful to read too. www.dupagehomepathic.com.

You can also email me if you want to talk more about it!

My mom has always said that when ever the seasons changed from warm to cold or vise versa we would wet our beds for a night or two and then get back on track. Now as she remembers it, it was all six kids and it went on for a couple of years. My girls have never done this, but I'm always waiting for it. Or it could be something medical. Is she complaining of any pain? I've only had one UTI a long time ago, but I remember it being painful. Never hurts to bring them in to the doctor for a check. I hope it is nothing serious and clears up on its own.

Is she using the bathroom more often? Any discomfort?
My daughter had a Urinary Tract Infection about the same age. 104 temp for a week, After we found out. We had no clue untill it was bad. The doctors took a urin sample, and they gave her a prescription.

L.,
She could be in a very deep sleep state.... playing extra hard in the longer days or a bladder infection. Ask if it hurts to pee during the day then call the Ped. You may also up her water intake and cut all juice except 100% real cranberry juice to aid proper bladder health.

J.

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